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Celebrate mail trail in 2013

Peter Phillips and Jason Bake hiking through the Coffs Coast bush. The Bicentennial National Trail allows walkers, riders and cyclists to make their way through the length of the East Coast of Australia.
Peter Phillips and Jason Bake hiking through the Coffs Coast bush. The Bicentennial National Trail allows walkers, riders and cyclists to make their way through the length of the East Coast of Australia.

AUSTRALIA'S Bicentennial National Trail turns 25 in 2013 and its vice president wants to see the Coffs Coast join in the planned celebrations.

The Bicentennial National Trail is a walking, horse riding and cycling route which runs right up the East Coast of Australia, following many of the travelling stock routes which have carried cattle and sheep from far-flung stations to central markets and from drought-ravaged districts to greener pastures.

The trail runs through the Coffs Coast, passing through the Bellingen Shire.

The vice president of the BNT committee, Woolgoolga's Roger Fryer, said the plan for the 25th anniversary was to have celebrations right along the length of the trail and to recreate the original mail ride from Melbourne to Cooktown which launched the route.

The establishment of the BNT was made possible by a $300,000 Bicentennial grant.

The mail run, supported by legendary bushman RM Williams, saw the mail bags handed from rider to rider along the route and, in two years time, Mr Fryer said it should be possible for local riders and walkers to lend a hand by joining forces to carry a set of mail bags from Wollomombi Falls to north of Grafton.

He hopes to involve pony clubs and bushwalking clubs and would also like to see a big overnight camp out at Ebor.

"I'd like to put the Bicentennial National Trail on the map in this area," Mr Fryer said

Mr Fryer can be contacted on 6654 9555 or at fereerog@bigpond.net.au for those seeking more information.

Topics:  coffs harbour



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